Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

5. Classic luxury inside.

The interior design of the TL may look a bit dated, but the materials are top quality. The leather used on the steering wheel and seating surfaces feels rich and smooth. The driver’s seat is comfortable, but after a three straight hours behind the wheel, the lack of thigh support becomes evident.

We appreciate actual buttons (rather than some complex new i-Drive system) on the interior, but the ones used here look out of date. Speaking of which, the navigation screen and non-color display radio are relics of a bygone era.

Priced at $46,405 after destination, the TL SH-AWD with Advance Package significantly undercuts the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Dated as the design may be, the TL still does offer bargain luxury compared to these more traditional mid-size vehicles.

Still, unless you’re in love with the design, it’s hard not to think that the next-gen TL will deliver the same sort of value, without any of the drawbacks.

Curious about buying a new TL? You can learn more about Acura’s lineup of cars in AutoGuide’s new car section. Or if you prefer, navigate directly to the latest version of the car that started it all by clicking here.

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